The Wait is Over!

I know you have all been impatiently waiting for a new blog post, so here I am. It’s been quite some time since my last post and I wish I had a good excuse for my little hiatus, but sadly, I do not. Instead I have about 592 little excuses that have piled up between then and now (some of which include Christmas & Mardi Gras). I do however have a peek at what I have been up to…

Before Christmas I found this worn, perfectly distressed board in our garage. We don’t currently have house numbers on our house so I saw a great opportunity to remedy that problem and start decorating for Christmas in the process! I drilled 2 holes in the top to put a hanging wire through and bought inexpensive numbers from Home Depot and nailed them to the board. I topped it off with a beautiful striped bow and beaded rope to dress up the hanging wire.

House Numbers Shabby Chic Sign

This turned out better than I imagined, I’m in love with the results!

I’ve also been keeping busy with a couple Etsy orders and handmade Christmas gifts. These blankets are honestly one of the best gifts. My blanket journey began when I made one with the New Orleans Saints for the Military man for Christmas two years ago. He would live under it if I let him. I also made several chevron letters as gifts and a larger set for an Etsy order.

Custom Marine Blanket Fleece Throw

Military blankets turn out to be some of my favorites, I think I may be a little biased 😉 Check out our Etsy site to get one or to take a look at some other options!

Chevron Letter - Welcome Sign

My cousin Emily loved her handmade Christmas gift! (These are also listed on Etsy, just click on the picture!)

Chevron PLAY!

One of my larger Etsy orders. The customer absolutely loved how they turned out. I even got to brush up on my wood burning skills! These will look adorable in a playroom, what do you think?

I’ve also started several larger projects recently (which I hinted at here) and found some great new recipes that I’m excited to share! I promise I will be posting new projects and ideas with much more regularity, join me for the adventure! Talk to you soon!

xo

Tori

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DIY Chevron Letter

This past weekend, I had a bridal shower to go to and needed a cute, functional, yet inexpensive gift for the bride and groom to-be. I’ve seen tons of letter wreath/swag ideas all over Pinterest, so I went to the craft store to check out my options. I came home with a large, white wooden ‘C’ (which was about $5) and a couple floral pieces. I already had lots of paint at home but if you don’t have it on hand you will want to pick some up, as well as a small foam brush (you can really use any paintbrush, but I’ve found that a foam brush works well.) And then of course, me being me, I forgot to take a picture of my materials pre-crafting, but you will get the idea from the rest of the pictures.

I started by drawing lines and equal distance apart to create the chevron pattern. Make sure you use a pencil with a good eraser for this step. I originally tried to freehand the design and it was WAY more difficult than I had planned. So I drew perpendicular lines with a ruler on the C about 2 or so inches wide and 1 inch tall. Then draw diagonal lines from one corner of each box to the opposite corner. This entire process was trial and error, initially I created a grid that was 1×1 and it was too small so I erased the middle lines which ended working out perfectly.

C Lines 1

Then I taped off the lines with masking tape because that’s what I had handy. The space to cover with tape was just wider than my tape so I had to do a double layer of tape on each edge. Make sure the edges are pressed down firmly so that the paint does not bleed under it. (If you’re me, this may happen anyway but it’s not difficult to fix.)

C Taped

Since the C was already white, the next step is to paint the space that’s left between the tape. I used a baby blue color which is the same color we painted our walls (yes, this was leftover paint for out DIY Painting Adventure!). I did one coat of paint with a foam brush and then left the tape on too long. Make sure you peel the tape off shortly after you paint so it does not peel off with the tape! Mine peeled off in 1 or 2 spots but I was able to correct it with a little extra paint.

C Painting

C After Paint2

I let the paint dry overnight (a couple nights actually since it was a busy week for us). I then used a clear coat of spray paint to seal it so it was more resistant to our lovely Louisiana heat and dampness. I hung it on a hanger outside and went to town with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover in gloss clear. Then, I let it dry overnight again. You do not have to let it dry this long, but we had a lot going on so it worked for me!

C Clearcoat Paint Can

C Clearcoat

Now it’s time to decorate! I had purchased a pale burgundy, burlap flower and some small white lacey flowers that I found in the wedding aisle. These cost me a total of about $4 (I also used a 20% off your total purchase coupon, every little bit helps!). I arranged the flowers several times before I finally hot glued it onto the C. I may have went a little overboard with the amount of glue I used, but hey..it won’t be coming off anytime soon! I then hot glued a burlap strip (I got this little pack of burlap at Michael’s for $1) to each side of the back top, I secured it again with a small white thumb tack. Didn’t it turn out amazing? It was even better than I was expecting! It turns out the bride and groom to-be absolutely loved it, and were even more excited when they found out that I had made it. Now I just need to make one for our door!

C Burlap

C Final Product Close

A little bit of handmade love and effort can go a long way!

Love the way this turned out, but not interested in making your own? Check out the contact page and contact me to place an order!

xo
Tori

Pinwheel Project Progress

More progress on my pinwheel project, (as I have decided to dub it). I dragged my man to the store last night to help me find DIY fabric buttons, and he turned out to be quite helpful. Ok, I didn’t actually drag him, he volunteered. The buttons shown in the picture are actually made out of a traditional grey bandanna, which is going to work really well on future endeavors with this project! I’m hoping to have at least one of these wheels done tonight, life permitting. I never know what is going to happen when I get home from work, but here’s to hoping!

You won’t believe how easy these are to make. Once I finish one and work out all the kinks, I’ll post a tutorial with the link to the original pattern that I used (of course I must give credit where credit is due!). I’ve been having a lot of fun with this project and love putting colors together to create totally different looks! The black, lavender, and grey theme was extremely nice fabric my grandma decided she didn’t want (she has an entire walk in closet of fabric at their farm-house in NY, I go ‘shopping’ there whenever I’m home.) Is it still considered shopping if it’s free? She is an amazing quilter/crafter, which she passed on to my Mom. I have some pretty awesome genes! Stay tuned for the tutorial and to see the final product.

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Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Welcome

Welcome to SCL

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite a while now and here I finally am! There are many things that have made me feel very inspired and grateful lately and my mind is set to take on a whole bunch of new projects in the near future. Since I graduated college and moved to Louisiana from Upstate, NY (think Canadian border, Upstate) to be with my Military man, our house has been a hodge podge of college furniture and hand-me-downs from friends and family. Slowly but surely, I am rehabbing my way through our belongings and making our house a home (as much as it is possible to do with a rental). There is no better feeling than finding something old, worn, or shabby and giving it a flourish of personal style. We have several pieces in our home that have been labors of love after finding them in my grandparents barn or attic, that have been passed down from my great grandparents (pictures to come soon). I daydream of making a living out of these projects and ideas, & I’m determined to prove that this is not just a result of watching too much HGTV! In the meantime I’m making good use of my college degree.

The photo here is a little sneak peak of my latest project, believe it or not I have big aspirations for this in the future! Stay tuned to find out what they are…for now you can check out http://www.facebook.com/SewCrazyLiving and see what I’ve been working on!

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